Low impact fencing?


The time comes when we must face reality or move on
. I’m referring to those maladies and conditions that we will all, at sometime in our lives face. Fortunately fencing is a very accommodating sport. I have been working with veterans and other persons that need to revise their way of fencing for a host of reasons. Fencing is a rather high impact sport, was can experience up seven times our body weight at times. Those long lunges also take a toll on joints and ligaments. Even if we are able to keep up an athletic fencing style, recovery time increase and the chances for injury, be it traumatic or overuse, will increase.

Following this train of thought, I have been working with some of my students in adapting different strategies to their game. Some consideration should be awarded to increased use of second intentions, defensive actions, and using our distance in a more effective manner. In my opinion consideration should also be made of lower impact foot work strategies. The greater reliance on advance-lunge as an attack for instance, as opposed to one longer lunge has been one useful change. I am referring to a very short advance and modest lunge that can be done in about the same time as a longer lunge. Re-doublements and cross overs are also relatively low impact solutions to distance. A half step-lunge can replace the ballestra-lunge in some circumstances. All these solutions do Introduced some degree of compromise, but can be worked to keep us fencing in a meaningful way. What ever changes should carefully be considered with the idea of understanding any unintended consciences that may arise. Other accommodations may include the use of taping the problem areas, massage, and physical therapy. Extending the recovery time is preferred if not always possible, so please, work on fencing techniques for the long haul

Thanks as always
coach Geoff